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The Evolution of Copyright

Sunday, April 05, 2015

In the U.S., copyright originally lasted only 14 years. These days, creative works could be protected for as long as the author's alive, plus an additional 70 years. Cultural historian Siva Vaidhyanathan explains the evolution of copyright law, and how it's affected artists.

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To the Best of Our Knowledge

Why Is Pop Culture So Obsessed With the Past?

Sunday, April 05, 2015

How come many of the latest pop songs sound as if they could have been released decades ago? Music journalist Simon Reynolds tells Steve Paulson that our obsession with our immediate past could get in the way of future creativity.

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The Takeaway

Fighting Nazis, Fast (Not Furious), and Recommendations for Crying

Friday, April 03, 2015

This week, Rafer and Kristen explore movies that involve fighting Nazis and being fast (not furious). They also help a listener who wants help letting the tears out. 
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The Dinner Party Download

Episode 299: Oscar Isaac, Fran Drescher, Wayne Coyne

Friday, April 03, 2015

This Week: Actor Oscar Isaac (Ex Machina, Star Wars: The Force Awakens) isn't bullish on 'the future' (but his is bright)... Fran Drescher and her dog laugh in the face of our etiquette questions... The Flaming Lips' Wayne Coyne turns our party into ...

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PRI's The World

This family is 'blissfully enjoying life on the slow road, with no end in sight.'

Friday, April 03, 2015

Ever dreamed of dropping everything and just hitting the open road? Meet a young family who packed up, left California two years ago, and set off for the tip of South America in an old VW van.

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The Takeaway

Movie Date: Films to See and Avoid This Weekend

Friday, April 03, 2015

The Takeaway's Movie Date Podcast Team reviews this weekend’s releases which include, "Furious 7," "Woman in Gold," and "Effie Gray."

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The Takeaway

The Best Five Things Online This Week

Friday, April 03, 2015

Every Friday, Sean Rameswaram, a producer with Studio 360 and host of the podcast Sideshow, rounds up the week in internet phenomena.

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Why Does The War On Drugs Persist?

Friday, April 03, 2015

In his new book, Chasing the Scream, Johann Hari hasn't quite found the answer, says commentator Alva Noë. But he does succeed in reminding us that there's nothing inevitable about what's next.

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To the Best of Our Knowledge

The Case For Cat Citizenship

Friday, April 03, 2015

Cats have convinced some of their owners that cats deserve legal citizenship.  Be afraid. Be very afraid.

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The Takeaway

Today's Takeaways: A Historic Nuclear Deal, Navajo Health, and The Literature of Mad Men

Friday, April 03, 2015

The Takeaway explores the historic Iranian nuclear energy deal, we take a trip to the Navajo Nation, and we get a 1960s cultural lesson.

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Cataloging The Literature of 'Mad Men'

Friday, April 03, 2015

As the AMC series "Mad Men" begins its final season, The Takeaway examines the books read by the show's iconic characters—and what their literature says about the era and the show.

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The Takeaway

Send Us Your Ballpark Memories!

Friday, April 03, 2015

Next week, the 2015 baseball season will officially kick off. To celebrate America's pastime, we'll be talking to some unsung baseball heroes, but we also want to hear from you.

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On The Media

Episode 6: If You're Afraid of the Wolf, Stay out of the Woods

Thursday, April 02, 2015

Brooke discusses the sixth episode of House of Cards with Nina Khrushcheva and Dan Savage.
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The Brian Lehrer Show

Chris Messina's Directorial Debut

Thursday, April 02, 2015

Actor and director Chris Messina (Mindy Project, Argo) discusses his new film "Alex of Venice" and his new act -- movie director.

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The Takeaway

ZIP Code Poetry Contest

Wednesday, April 01, 2015

We’re asking you to memorialize your federally appointed numerical designation by writing an ode to your ZIP code. 
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On The Media

Episode 4: What Would Jesus Do?

Wednesday, April 01, 2015

Brooke discusses the fourth episode of the season with two veteran political reporters.
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The Takeaway

The Backstage Story of The Who

Wednesday, April 01, 2015

Back in the 60s, two aspiring filmmakers wanted to make a documentary about rock n' roll. Instead, they wound up developing and managing The Who. Now their footage is finally being used.

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Internet Explorer

The Drug Internet And The Legend Of Hedo Rick

Wednesday, April 01, 2015

This week Julia learns what "hentai" is, Ryan tal…

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Van Gogh's Turbulent Mind Captured Turbulence

Wednesday, April 01, 2015

The painter's creations during his blue period mirrored nature's turbulent flows, as if his mind somehow tapped into a universal archetype, says astrophysicist Marcelo Gleiser.

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The Takeaway

Today's Takeaways: Battling for Civil Rights, The Science of Surprises, and The Lost Story of The Who

Wednesday, April 01, 2015

The Takeaway looks at controversy in Indiana and Arkansas, a surprisoligist drops by, and we dive in to a new documentary about the legendary rock band The Who.